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On mail service to CCN (RFC0498)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003634D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Apr-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 5K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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R.T. Braden: AUTHOR

Abstract

Most of the recent documents on mail protocols have discussed the facilities desired at "post-office" hosts, i.e. those which provide store-and-forward services. CCN has no plans to provide post-office services; we expect to receive mail only for the staff of CCN. Our greatest concern is to get messages reliably to and from our administrative and user support people who don't habitually use on-line terminals, so we are printing out all mail and distributing it by courier/secretary.

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NETWORK WORKING GROUP ROBERT T. BRADEN

RFC #498 UCLA/CCN

NIC #15715 APRIL 17, 1973

ON MAIL SERVICE TO CCN

Most of the recent documents on mail protocols have discussed the

facilities desired at "post-office" hosts, i.e. those which provide

store-and-forward services. CCN has no plans to provide post-office

services; we expect to receive mail only for the staff of CCN. Our

greatest concern is to get messages reliably to and from our

administrative and user support people who don't habitually use on-line

terminals, so we are printing out all mail and distributing it by

courier/secretary.

Let me say a friendly word for SNDMSG. This Tenex command, which

uses the FTP MAIL command to deliver messages, is very simple but

extremely useful--probably because it is so simple. Furthermore, it is

one of the well-kept secrets of the Network that SNDMSG can be used to

send messages to any host which supports the MAIL command (without

requiring logon to FTP). Thus, to send a message to anyone at CCN, the

recommended procedure is to do SNDMSG to "name@CCN". This connects to

CCN's FTP and sends a "MAIL name" command followed by the message. We

now accept any "name" and print an immediate upper-case copy which is

distributed to the recipient's office. So, if you SNDMSG to

"BRADEN@CCN", your message will end up on my desk, usually within a few

hours. Other useful SNDMSG destination at CCN are:

WBK@CCN or KEHL@CCN (the Director)

RIB@CCN or BELL@CCN (Supervisor Of User Relations)

BBN@CCN or NOBLE@CCN (Barbara Noble, User Consultant)

This fine service is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Tenex.

On the other hand, the Tenex READMAIL command is a little too

simple. After giving you a message, it should ask you whether you want

to delete, keep, forward, and/or repeat the message.

Dave Crocker of NMC has suggested an extension to the MAIL and MLFL

(Mail File) commands in CCN's FTP to allow CCN to serve as a mail

delivery station for NMC as well as CCN. This extension is intended to

be a trivial subset of the full-blown mail protocol which is currently

being developed by Jim White et al. It is a simple means to allow CCN's

high-speed printers to be used conveniently for receiving and

disseminating Network documentation as well as messages. It is based

upon extensions of the pathname/user name fields in the MLFL/MAIL

commands, respectively. The proposed syntax is as follows:

__ __

| |

| ;D[DOCUMENT] |

| ;M[MESSAGE] |

| ;C[COPIES]= |

| ;BIN= |

|__ __|

The semantics would be:

(1) will normally be...